VWBPE Program

All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (Pacific Time).
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Mar
26
Thu
2020
Design for Difficulties and Disorienting Dilemmas @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 26 @ 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Speakers: Kae Novak / Kavon Zenovka and Chris Luchs / Abacus Capalini

The first phase of transformative learning (Mezirow, 1991) is a disorienting dilemma, yet when designing for education we often default to user design (ux) principles that focus consistency and ease of use. If we are to engage new frontiers and reach for the stars in our virtual world and game design, we as educators need to experiment with hard fun (Papert, 2002), disorienting dilemmas (Mezirow, 1991), and desirable difficulties (Bjork, 2011).

  • Participants will be able to experiment with dilemmas when designing learning experiences.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

CANCELLED :: Freedom and Intrinsic Motivation @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han / Kristy Handrick; Liang Hung

This research used participatory observational case study. Students from Taiwan used a 3D virtual world in their art class to create their artwork. The art teacher taught a lesson called School reconstruction. We observed students how they form their ideal schools, where their ideas coming from, how they discuss and collaborate with each other, as well as how they put their ideas into action, make it into 3D virtual construction, and finally how they see and understand each other’s work.

  • Participants will explore the importance of freedom in education and how virtual worlds provide it to students
  • Participants will learn how virtual world promote Intrinsic Motivation to students that teachers should learn to utilize it

Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD

Educator’s Networking Forum @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Meet the VWBPE Sponsors!

Moderator: Kevin Feenan / Phelan Corrimal; Rockcliffe University Consortium

Nine sponsors have come together to support this year’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. This open forum is your opportunity to learn about their contributions to education and why they feel supporting open source virtual conferences, like this one, is so important.

Participants will be given the opportunity to express their opinions on how for-profit and non-profit businesses can better help support teachers and instructional developers.

Attendees will learn about the motivating factors behind some of the biggest names supporting education in Second Life

 

Text chat and voice

Interstellar: Learning in Space @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: Cynthia Colongne / Lyr Lobo; Andrew Stricker / Spinoza Quinnell; Barbara Truman / Delightful Doowangle

All aboard as Virtual Harmony travels to the stars. We design and test game simulations for exploration in virtual worlds. Our space travel takes us from the salon meetings in Loire to Mars where a secret path leads to the Interstellar grid. The Red Queen is our enigmatic guide as we face complicated and complex challenges in space.

  • Illustrate how a game simulation design blends ML, AI & data analytics to support learner behavior.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Scholars VR: Engaging New Audiences with the Scholarly @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 27 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Patrick Pennefather / Vesuviusblowhorn. University of British Columbia

This conceptual case study lays the groundwork for a Virtual Reality (VR) research creation undergoing co-construction; shared to champion the continual experimentation with and investigations of scholarship through interactive media.

  • Participants will be able to resonate in the investigation of scholarship through interactive media

Accessibility: Share a written script during the presentation

Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 27 @ 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Speakers: Heike Philp / Gwen Gwasi; Jennifer Hamilton / Jaz Beverly; Annalisa di Pierro / Innesfree;  and Helena Galani /erlinaazure

To learn a language live online is the best and sometimes cheapest way of practicing it in real-time with other people. Virtual worlds and video games offer opportunities to meet speakers of other languages and native speakers alike but there are many 3D spaces out there and sometimes it is difficult to decide which one to join. Which virtual world is suitable for language education? What kind of equipment or software does one need? How long does it take to get to know this world before it can be introduced to language learners? Is this virtual space safe? With these questions in mind, a group of language educators spent 5 weeks exploring 13 different 3D environments, created an evaluation rubric and listened to some of the long-time users of these environments for the pros and cons.

  • To present the findings of a 5-week online workshop exploring various virtual worlds.
  • To consider some of the lessons learned by the providers of these environments. For example, how one can combine Artificial Intelligence with NPC in OpenSim to create chatbots.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Only what we do is real. Let us do VR @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 27 @ 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Speakers: Reiner Schneeberger / Art Blue; JulietteSurrealDreaming

This presentation will explore a way to bring art creations made in the virtual world of Second Life into HMDs mainly for educational projects so to create awareness for immersive art experiences in Virtual Reality. Aspects of art conservation are also addressed. Intended mainly for art teachers and students, we also welcome anyone interested in art and technology.

  • Awareness for immersive art reception via VR (understanding).
  • Making VR possible for art teachers using of SL (doing).

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Mar
28
Sat
2020
Workshop: Symbolic Modeling: A Great Teaching Tool @ VWBPE Workshop Area A
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Speakers: Niela Miller / Marly Milena; Janie Teague-Urbach / Katsii Tennen.

We offer a glimpse into a unique training for educators, counselors, artists, coaches and facilitators who wish to discover a way of using arts-based processes (builds, paintings or photos) symbolically in SL. We call this Symbolic Modeling (SymMod). This useful tool can be applied to intellectual, psychological, spiritual or creative processes, both with individuals and with groups. We will be showing a short film, as well as describing and demonstrating the SymMod method.

  • Participants will be able to witness the SymMod process and its usefulness in various fields.
  • Participants will be able to understand the benefits of training in the SymMod method.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD & transcriptionist

Boldly Go – Celebrate Success & Cataclysm Stories @ VWBPE Lecture Area B
Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Speaker: Renne Emiko Brock / Zinnia Zauber. Peninsula College,

Confidence comes from educational attempts that fail with room to reflect and regroup to triumph. The constellations don’t move us. The stories behind the stars do. Teach the mythology and methodology of heroes and creatures to embrace worthy motives and mistakes. Assemble learning systems that build worlds and character, foster spheres of influence, and rejoice in honest reflective writing. Celebrate individual’s stories that highlight self-actualization results for all to become shining stars.

  • Teach transformative fable digital storytelling to turn frustration into creative opportunities.
  • Assemble a virtual myth makerspace to build confidence, celebrate challenges, and learn to shine.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD

Virtual Reality in Education: Intentional Immersion @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 28 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Speakers: Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg, Community Virtual Library; Bethany Winslow / Bethany Winslow; Marie Vans / Amvans Lapis.

Virtual reality offers opportunities and challenges that impact education (both on head-mounted displays and desktops) for deep learning. Because educators cannot be trained to utilize all of the current virtual reality tools entering the market, professional networking is essential for identifying best practices. The gaming backchannel app DISCORD will be optionally used during this session for interactivity.

  • Participants will investigate the advantages and disadvantages of various VR spaces.
  • Participants will be given specific examples of critical thinking in VR spaces.

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD tool

Mar
30
Mon
2020
Interactive Walkthrough Ritual Experience @ Sacred Cauldron
Mar 30 @ 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Hosts: Stasia Weston/ Aevalle Galicia; Belladonna Laveau / Belladonna Yarrowroot; Phoenix Silverstar; Dee BlissWitch.  Wooston-Steen Theological Seminary

Sacred Caldron houses the virtual campus for Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary. WSTS is an environmentally conscious institution that works to reduce our carbon footprint by drastically reducing the amount of travel necessary to attend and teach at our seminary. We provide a visually rich online learning experience using the Second Life virtual reality platform. From the comfort of their homes, our students are able to connect and learn with other students from around the world in a graphically enticing interactive environment where their teachers give lectures, offer demonstrations, and answer questions in real time.

Our immersive experience will include a walk-through interactive ritual which is season-based. The experience has been designed and constructed by our Junior class as part of their studies.

  • Visitors will become immersed in the “story” or deep mythology related to a season/holiday.

Accessibility: We transcribe the spoken word during activities into text as the event occurs. For the interactive walkthrough, the elements give out notecards with directions as well as “speak” in local text.

Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sacred%20Cauldron/178/180/66